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Yorkshire Health:

Yorkshire is a beautiful place to live, but unfortunately, like anywhere else in the world people become ill, some develop medical problems before birth, others after birth and many develop medical problems as time goes on; this part of my website is going to concentrate on specific medical problems that I have an interest in and will expand as time goes on.

Asthma:

Millions of people from around the world suffer from some form of Asthma; around 5.5 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma and around 1.2 million of those are children; there were 1,131 deaths from asthma in the UK in 2009, 12 of whom were children aged 14 years or under and on average 3 people per day or 1 person every 8 hours died from asthma.

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease characterised by recurring seizures of shortness of breath accompanied by wheezing and whistling sounds; allergens cause the small air tubes 'Bronchioles' of the lungs to constrict, narrow down, overfilling the Alveoli, the air cells of the lungs; this causes an inability to force air out of the lungs, even though inhalation is unimpaired, the extent of the constriction and how long each episode lasts, can vary greatly.

Chronic Pain:

Millions of people from around the world suffer from some form of Chronic Pain and Yorkshire is no exception; the effects can be so painful and life limiting that, due to its associated side effects such as Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Fear, Irritability, Sadness, Sleeplessness and Stress, it can result in relationship breakdowns, curtailed careers and, in extreme cases, cause the contemplation of suicide.

The only way to stop Chronic Pain it to find and treat the cause of the pain; unfortunately, the cause is not always easy to find, which means that many sufferers only get prescribed medication for the pain and the cause remains untreated, which also means that the pain remains, and may even, over time, get worse; therefore, it is important that sufferers seek treatment, rather than just medication.

Diabetes:

Millions of people from around the world suffer from some form of Diabetes and Yorkshire is no exception and unfortunately, it is now one of the fastest growing diseases in the world; it is a fact that many people in Yorkshire will know of someone who has diabetes, a friend, a family member or a loved one, they may even suffer from it themselves; therefore, it may come as a surprise to find out that many of these people, even the Diabetics themselves, do not know as much about the disease as they should, which is why I have provided the information.

Most UK health experts agree that the UK is facing a huge increase in the number of people with Diabetes; the number of people diagnosed with Diabetes increased from 1.4 million in 1996 to 2.6 million in 2010 and it is estimated that by 2025 over 4 million people will have Diabetes in the UK; most of these cases will be Type 2 Diabetes, because of the ever increasing ageing population and the rapidly rising numbers of people that are overweight and obese.

Diabetes UK Voluntary Groups:

Adjusting to the knowledge that you or a family member has diabetes can take time and it is often helpful to meet other people who have been through a similar situation; they can offer understanding, help and support at an important time.

A good way of finding this help is to attend a meeting of, or join, a local support group, a Diabetes UK voluntary group; these groups offer people, who are living with diabetes, a chance to meet and share experiences with others.

The voluntary groups are all run by volunteers and the groups typically meet on a monthly basis often with a speaker on a topic like diet or exercise.

The local Diabetes UK Voluntary Group for South Elmsall, South Kirkby, Upton and nearby surrounding areas is The SESKU Diabetes Uk Voluntary Group


Migraines:

Millions of people from around the world suffer from some form of Migraine and they can be really painful, unpleasant and inconvenient; symptoms can differ from person to person but the main characteristics of the condition are, an Intense Headache, a Tingling Sensation, Sickness; Difficulty Speaking and Vision Problems.

Advice from health NHS Yorkshire and the Humber experts state that whilst there is no cure for Migraine, identifying what triggers an attack can help sufferers to avoid a migraine; the most common triggers include too much Caffeine; a Lack of Food; specific Food such as Cheese and Chocolate; Exposure to Bright or Flickering Lights; Loud Noises; Stress and Tension; however, for those that are already suffering from a Migraine, their advice is to take some painkillers and get plenty of rest.

A Migraine is a throbbing and severe headache that often starts on one side of the head and can be distantly related to vascular headaches; Migraines are thought to be caused by changes in the chemicals of the brain; in particular, Serotonin; the headache commonly rises in a particular side of the head, but it may spread and increase to other parts of the head as well; the pain arises due to the abnormal enlargement of the blood vessels, which stretches the nerve, which in turn coils the blood vessel; the blood vessel that is affected, is the temporal artery, which is located outside the skull and under the skin of the forehead, near the temple.

Obesity:

Obesity rates in Britain are soaring with nearly a quarter of adults now classed as clinically obese and despite Government warnings that we are turning into a nation of couch potatoes and risking obesity related illnesses such as heart disease and cancer, our waistlines keep growing; a person is classed as obese when their weight has increased to a point where it seriously endangers their health; Obesity is diagnosed when a person's Body Mass Index (BMI) exceeds 30 kg/mē; BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilogrammes by your height in metres squared.

According to figures from 2009, in the UK an estimated 60.8% of adults and 31.1% of children were overweight, 22% of men and 24% of women were classified as obese, with a BMI of 30 kg/mē or more and 38% of adults had a raised waist circumference compared to 23% in 1993; using both the BMI and Waist Circumference to assess the risk of health problems, showed that 19% of men and 14% of women were estimated to be at increased risk; 14% of men and 18% of women were at high risk and 20% of men and 23% of women were at very high risk.

Being significantly overweight is linked to a wide range of health problems and as many as 30,000 people die prematurely every year from obesity related conditions and some experts believe obesity is responsible for as much ill health as smoking.




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